Category Archives: Suspense

Postcards From Shadowland no. 9

1933 das testament der dr. mabuse

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang

Ace In The Hole

Ace in The Hole – Billy Wilder

Aroused 1966

Aroused 1966 Anton Holden

Bayou 1957

Poor White Trash aka Bayou 1957-Harold Daniels

Blues in the night

Blues in the Night 1941-Anatole Litvak

Edward G Robinson-Little-Caesar with Douglas Fairbanks jr. and Glenda Farrell

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy-Edward G Robinson is Little-Caesar (1931) with Douglas Fairbanks jr. and Glenda Farrell

Experiment in Terror Ross Martin as Red Lynch

Experiment in Terror – Blake Edwards directs -Ross Martin as Red Lynch

Gene Tierney Tobacco Road 1941

Gene Tierney Tobacco Road 1941 directed by John Ford

George Pujouly  Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games Jeux interdits 1952 René Clément

George Pujouly Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) 1952 directed by René Clément

Granny-The Southerner

Granny-The Southerner-Jean Renoir

Jeux Interdits

Jeux Interdits

knock on any door

Knock On Any Door 1949 Nicholas Ray

Lena Cabin in The Sky

Lena Horne-Cabin in The Sky 1943- Vincente Minnelli

Lon Chaney in He Who Gets Slapped

Lon Chaney in He Who Gets Slapped 1924 Victor Sjöström

Modern Times Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times Charlie Chaplin 1936

Never Take Sweets From A Stranger

Never Take Sweets From A Stranger 1960 Cyril Frankel

Night of The Demon-Tourneur

Curse of The Demon- 1957 Jacques Tourneur

Peter Lorre in The Man Who Knew Too Much1956

Peter Lorre in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956


Rashomon 1950 -Akira Kurosawa


Roman Polanski’s Repulsion 1965 Catherine Deneuve

The Cobweb

The Cobweb-1955- Vincente Minnelli

The Last Laugh-letzte mann and emil-jannings in

The Last Laugh 1924-with emil-jannings directed by F.W Murnau

the sweet smell of success

The Sweet Smell of Success 1957-directed by Alexander Mackendrick written by Clifford Odets

Viva Zapata with Marlon-Brando and Jean Peters-

Viva Zapata 1952 with Marlon-Brando and Jean Peters-Elia Kazan directs

A Few More Neglected Characters from Classic Film.

Henry Jones

Henry Jones as the slimy, snoopy and salacious Leroy in Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed 1956

henry jones

Agnes in Hush Hush

Agnes Moorehead as Charlotte’s fierce protector Velma in Aldrich’s Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte 1964

Agnes Moorhead Hush Hush

Jack Warden …And Justice for All

Jack Warden as Judge Francis Rayford in Norman Jewison’s… And Justice for All (1979)

Jack Warden

Maidie Norman as Elvira in Baby Jane

Maidie Norman as the righteously concerned, Elvira Stitt in Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Maidie Norman Elvia

Miriam Hopkins in The Childrens Hour

Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Lily Mortar in Lillian Hellman’s in The Children’s Hour 1961 directed by William Wyler

William Wyler and Miriam Hopkins on the set of The Children's Hour

William Wyler and Miriam Hopkins on the set of The Children’s Hour (1961)

Aunt Rose Comfort Baby Doll- Mildred Dunnock

Mildred Dunnock as Aunt Rose Comfort in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) with the screenplay by Tennessee Williams

Mildred Dunnock as Aunt Rose in Baby Doll


Michael Pate as Detective Chris Gillespie in The Killer is Loose 1956

Michael Pate in The Killer is Loose

Michael J Pollard Bonnie and Clyde

Michael J. Pollard as C.W. Moss in Bonnie and Clyde 1967

Michael J Pollard

The FilmScore Freak Recognizes:Jerry Goldsmith’s Hauntingly Poignant Score: The Other (1972)

“When does the game stop and the terror begin?”

THE OTHER (1972)


Directed by Robert Mulligan

Robert Mulligan

Director Robert Mulligan

To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

Director Robert Mulligan’s masterpiece based on Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird


Based on actor/author Thomas Tryon’s best selling novel, about the duplicity of innocence and evil in the incarnation of twin boys. Set in the depression era during a hot and dusty summer of 1935. The atmosphere of rural quaintness is painted beautifully by cinematographer Robert Surtees.

Niles and Holland Perry (Chris and Martin Udvanoky) live with their extended family on a rural farm. The boys are looked after by their old world and arcane, loving Russian Grandmother Ada (the extraordinary icon Uda Hagen.)

The Other Uta Hagen

The sagely mysterious and angelic Ada has taught the boys a special and esoteric gift from the old country she calls ‘the game.’

When several inextricably grotesque accidents beset the town, the clues start to point toward Niles’ wicked brother Holland who may be responsible for the gruesome deaths.


Also starring Diana Muldaur as the boys hapless mother Alexandra.

Diana Muldaur

Norma Connolly plays Aunt Vee, Victor French co-stars as the drunken swarthy handyman Angelini, Lou Frizzell is Uncle George, Portia Nelson as the uptight Mrs. Rowe, Jennie Sullivan as Torrie and a young John Ritter as Rider.


Tryon’s story is a most hauntingly mysterious journey through the eyes of a child, a macabre and provocative psychological thriller from the 70s that has remained indelible in triggering my childhood fears, filled with wonder and the impenetrable world of the supernatural. I plan on doing a broader over view of this film as I am prone to be long winded. But for now The Film Score Freak would like to focus on the film’s hauntingly poignant score contributed by one of my favorite and in my opinion one of THE BEST composers of all time, Jerry Goldsmith.


In Dreams-MonsterGirl


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